The newest member of the elite Feral Warriors brotherhood, Fox is eager to prove himself on the frontlines of battle against the Daemons. When paired with the legendary Ilina warrior, Melisande, he expects the fierce beauty to quickly fall under the spell of his quite considerable charm. Instead, he finds himself spellbound by a woman who's his match in every way.
Beneath Melisande's brittle exterior lies centuries of pain and a violent hatred of all shape-shifters—a hatred that slowly crumbles after they're caught in a deadly and cunning Mage trap and she glimpses a surprising depth in her far-too-seductive partner. Their survival demands unconditional trust—and their salvation surrender to a wild, untamed love.
Reviewed By: J9
In a Nutshell: Feral Warriors fans will have to read this, as I did, and will be satisfied. Series newcomers will likely be lost in the plot and all the characters.
The Set Up: Fox is a newly marked Feral Warrior and joins the fight against the Mage in order to regain their Radiant, the mate of their leader, Lyon. Fox is assigned to work with the cold Ilina warrior, Melisande. But as Fox and Melisande fight the magic and deathtraps of the Mage, Fox learns Melisande isn’t cold and they may be mates, not enemies.
Why I Read this Book: I’m a sucker for the Feral Warriors series. I think it’s derailed in the past few installments but I like the world enough to keep reading.
What I Liked: The last book pissed me off because it ended on a cliffhanger. This one wrapped up that storyline, though not until the final 20 pages. I also like that the Feral Warriors are making progress on how to tell who of the magically damaged new Ferals are good or bad. That part of the plot isn’t wrapped up but it’s certainly progressed enough for my satisfaction. I also like the secondary plot of two new Ferals searching for a part-mage woman who can help them.
It was great revisiting all the Feral Warriors and their mates too. I loved the first books and it’s lovely to catch up with those original Ferals and their mates here. Wulfe has always been my favorite Feral (loved those damaged heroes!) and he’s featured heavily here. I do hope his story is next; he’s long overdue for his HEA!
What I Also Liked: The romance between Fox and Melisande starts off rough. I didn’t particularly like Fox’s playboy persona or Melisande’s extreme cold but about 50 pages in I started to like both characters enough to care that they found their HEA. The author successfully shows how these two people became who they are and then slowly proceeds to show them opening up to each other. I like that the author didn’t downplay Melisande’s past, especially since it affects her ability to have a sexual relationship with Fox. I was pleasantly surprised how much I grew to like both characters and their romance.
What I Didn’t Like: I’m a series fan and even I got a little overwhelmed with all the magic and traps the Ferals have to traverse. Combining all the magic mirages with all the characters and I don’t see how a newcomer could jump into this book. I felt like my head was spinning a bit since it’s been awhile since I read the previous book in the series.
IMO: This is a must read for series fans but others should either start at the beginning or skip this read.